FAQ for Law Reviews

Nothing. ExpressO is a free service to law reviews. Authors (or their institutions) pay ExpressO to deliver manuscripts to you!

You can sign up to receive ExpressO submissions by filling out our ExpressO Sign-up Form. We strongly encourage you to use a law review email address, not an editor's personal address.

Log in with your review's credentials. The username is usually the email address designated to receive submissions. Additional editor accounts can also be created to provide access. If you need any assistance accessing your review's ExpresssO account, please contact .

Yes. You can update your review's title, submission address, and selected subject categories by filling out our online Sign-up Form. Be sure to select Edit setup for existing law review before sending.

We have very limited space for annotations, but we may be able to include a short sentence next to your review title, e.g., "Accepting articles for online feature". Please contact

Log in to your ExpressO account and access the Configuration page to adjust your hold setting so you can begin receiving submissions.

Your ExpressO account includes with a free online submission management system. Editorial tools and integrated features are included to help editors easily manage articles. Please see our ExpressO Guide for Law Review Editors for more information.

As a courtesy, we also notify you via email of new submissions sent to your review. These email notifications provide a quick link to the submission through your review's ExpressO account. Additionally, you can adjust your notification setting to include the submission documents as email attachments.

If you're unable to access submissions, please make sure you are using the credentials associated with your law review's account. The username is usually the email address that received the notification email, though additional editors may be provided access under a separate username if desired. For additional assistance, please contact .

Yes. Once you log in to your law review, you can add your fellow editors via your Configuration page. There's no limit to the number you can add, and inclusion will provide them access to submissions and all editorial tools available through your account.

Yes. At least one editor account is marked as the submission address. However, if you want additional editors to receive these notifications, please contact . Note that we limit notifications to 3 accounts per review.

Yes. Please let us know that you do not accept student works by updating your account profile via our Sign-up Form. We can include the annotation Closed to students next to your review title to help prevent student submissions.

Additionally, students who are submitting via an ExpressO Institutional Student Account will be unable to select your law review at all. This helps law reviews to focus on appropriate submissions, and helps students make more informed selections when they submit their works.

To access the submission documents (i.e., the article file and CV), simply click on either the Manuscript ID or Article Title to view its Submission Details page. The links to download the documents and most of the editorial tools you will need to manage your submissions are available on this page.

If you have been added to your review's editor list, you will see all articles assigned to you specifically. You may adjust the search filters to expand the scope to include submissions that are assigned to all editors, or make further refinements as needed.

Tip: All new submissions to your law review are automatically assigned to the default account indicated on the set-up form. If you have a dedicated intake editor, responsible for assigning all articles to additional editors, we recommend that the intake editor use the default account to log in and manage submissions. If that is not possible for your workflow, please contact and indicate which account should belong to the intake editor.

Yes. We can adjust certain privileges for any account, including restricting access to the Configuration page, Upload and Mailing List features, and remove the ability to register decisions on submisisons. Please contact .

Yes. To upload and manage submissions you receive outside of ExpressO, log in to your law review, and use the Upload link, shown on your My Account page. You must complete all of the required submission metadata: author information (email address in the Email field with no quotation marks or brackets), article title, and subject categories. The categories must be listed in the Selected box before moving on to the next step of the upload process.

To customize the templates:

  1. Go to your Configuration page and enter your changes.
  2. Click Save.
  3. Click Update Site (top left of Configuration page) to save your changes.
  4. Click the Email Authors link of any submission to see your customizations.

Yes. If you accidentally rejected an article, we can revert it to pending, so you may continue to consider the submission. Contact and be sure to provide the manuscript ID number of the article you wish to revert.

Yes. You can use the Revise Submission feature to update any part of the submission metadata, or even upload an updated file. Note that once you revise a submission, these changes will only be visible to your law review, not the author or other law reviews.

In addition to direct contact, we encourage editors to make their offers through ExpressO. When you use the Register Decision link to send authors an offer to publish, the offer is reflected on your Manage Submissions page, and appears as a green Accept button in the author's ExpressO account. This integration makes it easy for authors to accept offers, and it triggers ExpressO to both change the sub-status of the submission to Selected for Publication, and automatically withdraws the submission from all other reviews' consideration.

While you will receive all expedite requests that are sent to your review, we created special tools to help you prioritize expedite requests. Based on specific criteria you set, see at a glance which requests meet your preferences. To learn more or get started using these tools, see the ExpressO Guide for Law Review Editors.

Yes. You can simply select a new rating or clear out your entry by clicking on the red clear rating symbol on the Editor Comments and Evaluations page. The average rating will automatically update.

No. Authors do not have access to this information.

From the Submission Details page, editors can access the History link for a submission's chronology. For example, if you receive from an author a request for a status update, and you want to check if their article has been assigned, reviewed, or a decision made, you can quickly check the History link for details. You can also add notes next to each action for reference.

Yes. You can close your review from receiving submissions by accessing the Configuration page of your law review. Check mark the box next to Hold Submissions and enter a short note about your closure in the Reason for Hold field. We recommend that you enter an anticipated date of reopening if possible to keep authors informed.

Yes. You can move submissions that you have selected for publication from your Not Yet Published queue to Published, so only those articles that still require a decision will show. Marking articles with Publish not only helps you keep track of articles you'e selected, but also helps you keep your Manage Submissions queue up-to-date.

We recommend that before marking an article Published, you first use the Register Decision link to send the author an Offer to Publish. This integrated feature allows authors to see the offer through their own ExpressO account, and easily accept with a click of a button.

Yes. ExpressO features an Archive tool to allow editors to clear out their entire Not Yet Published queue. We recommend only using this feature after you have made your article selections and you have marked your selected articles as Published. Note that this action is not reversible.